Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What We Hope the Research Will Say

posted by Michele Olson

Are you a fan of some of the black and white movies of the 50’s and 60’s? Many of the plot lines involve a woman trying to marry a rich man. If she gets her man: SCORE! A new study has come out that is probably not much of a shock to anyone: today’s woman is making money on her own. Therefore, a married man is better off financially than a single man. This Pew Research Center report shows the change for working wives over the past 40 years, — a period in which American women outpaced men in both education and earnings growth. A larger share of today's men, compared with their 1970 counterparts, are married to women whose education and income exceed their own, and a larger share of women are married to men with less education and income.

According to 2009 Census Bureau figures, women with full-time jobs earned salaries equal to 77.9 percent of what men earned, compared with 52 percent in 1970. In this recession, more men have lost their jobs than women which has also led to role reversal in many marriages…with women being the main bread winners.

Marriage is changing. Let’s also hope another big change will be couples willingness to incorporate marriage education into their lives. That will give them the skills they need to thrive through all the changes. Now, that's a report we can't wait to read.

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